Biglerville man sentenced in child corruption case
Armor pleaded guilty, apologized to victims in Bedford court
BEDFORD — A judge on Tuesday sentenced an Adams County man who pleaded guilty to open lewdness and corruption of minors to 30 days to 23.5 months in jail, four years’ probation, more than $1,000 in fines and 15 years’ registration as a Tier I sex offender.
William Dean Armor, 75, of 535 University Drive, Biglerville, was accused of indecently exposing himself to two minors and touching one of them while on a cabin trip in Bedford County in 2012, according to state police.
Armor also reportedly spent time with one of the victims on numerous occasions over two years, walking naked around her and sleeping in the same bed as her without his clothes on. The victim allegedly told police in a February 2017 interview that Armor would expose himself to her and touch her under her clothes around her chest area and waistline.
The offenses reportedly occurred between 2010-12 when the victim was 11 to 13 years of age. On the 2012 cabin trip, Armor took the victim and her friend to a nearby creek to play and asked both of them to take off their clothes and run through a tunnel under a road, states the criminal complaint.
He allegedly offered to pay them money to take off their bathing suits, which both victims told police they refused to do. The other victim reportedly told police in an April 2017 interview that Armor then took off his clothes and walked into a pipe in the creek.
The criminal complaint states one victim also reported Armor pushed his cabin bed next to theirs and witnessed Armor’s hand stroking the victim’s upper chest area over her clothes the following morning.
Armor previously faced three felony counts of indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age, two felony charges of endangering welfare of children, four misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors, three misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure, three misdemeanor counts of indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age and four counts of open lewdness.
One of Armor’s victims addressed the court Tuesday about her “life-changing experience.” She told the court she didn’t understand the defendant’s actions because of her young age. But the older she got, the more uncomfortable she became with Armor’s behaviors, she said.
She said in a choked voice that she suffered from depression, anorexia and post-traumatic stress disorder and has huge trust issues with men now. By sharing her story, she said there was a “huge weight lift off of her shoulders.”
She described the sentencing hearing Tuesday as the end to a “series of unfortunate events” that taught her to be the person she is today.
“Tomorrow is my new beginning,” she said before sitting down.
Armor apologized to the victims for any harm he caused and said he was “painfully aware of the sin and temptation involved.” He told the court he understood his actions were “inappropriate” and confessed to his family and God.
The defendant added he always encouraged his children to be honest, ask for forgiveness from God and to accept the consequences of their actions, like what he did in this court case.
Terrence McGowan, Armor’s defense attorney, asked the judge to consider Armor’s age, his retired status, his former time in the Army National Guard and his zero prior record. McGowan added that Armor sought counseling and was taking medication.
Judge Travis Livengood, who oversaw the case, said he thinks Armor’s apology was sincere. He told Armor his actions were “more than just inappropriate” and affected the victims both in their childhood and adulthood.
“You certainly did a lot of damage,” Livengood said to Armor. Livengood also recognized the victim for her statement, reiterating how she said she was going to use the experience to become a better person.
He said people who were child victims don’t have to remain victims. “You don’t have to be a victim for the rest of your life,” Livengood said.
Under a plea bargain accepted by Livengood, the charges against Armor went down to a misdemeanor count of corruption of minors and two misdemeanor counts of open lewdness.
Livengood also sentenced Armor to undergo mental health and sex offender counseling.
Armor posted his $100,000 bail in December 2017.
Mirror Staff Writer Shen Wu Tan is at 946-7457.